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Cataract Surgery Procedures

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens in the eye. A cataract occurs as part of the normal aging process and many aging patients develop cataracts. When the cataract makes the lens so cloudy that it impedes vision and makes it difficult for patients to perform everyday visual tasks, then it is best to have the lens removed through cataract surgery.

Cataract Surgery Procedure

During cataract surgery at the Goldberg Centre, the natural lens is removed and replaced with an artificial lens, called an IOL or intraocular lens. Dr. Chaim Goldberg numbs the eye and makes a small incision on the edge of the cornea, the clear outer covering of the eye. A device is used to remove the natural lens through this small incision. Once the natural lens has been removed, the artificial lens is placed in the same location. The procedure is painless and typically requires less than 30 minutes to perform. Patients can typically return to a normal routine the next day, but strenuous activity such as heavy lifting is not advised immediately after surgery.

At the Goldberg Centre in Toronto, the Optiwave Refractive Analysis (ORA) system is used as a cataract surgery measurement tool that makes for a customizable cataract experience. Based on an individual patient’s eye measurements and visual needs, the ORA system helps to ensure that Dr. Chaim Goldberg can determine proper IOL lens implant power is used and inserted with accuracy and precision.

The ORA provides real-time analysis of the eye during the time of cataract surgery, allowing Dr. Goldberg to see indicated imperfections in the eye caused by the cataract, applicable adjustments during the procedure, and ways in which the procedure can be customized to the individual. This analysis makes for a safer, more accurate procedure and a better overall experience.

Without ORA, a margin of error is present in verifying proper IOL selection, and surgeons operating without the Optiwave Refractive Analysis system are unable to assess quality of vision during the procedure. As such, they would have to wait weeks- until after the eye has healed- to find out if the IOL chosen provides adequate visual aquity.

With ORA, intraoperative measurement is used to determine the precise lens implant power needed, and, after removal of the cataract, this special measurement is made to confirm that the lens implant power being placed in your eye is exactly the fit and strength to provide the highest level of visual acuity.

Premium Intraocular Lens Implant: AcrySof ReSTOR

In order to provide his patients with the best vision correction results possible, Dr. Goldberg offers only the best premium IOL — AcrySof ReSTOR. This sophisticated lens implant is a multifocal IOL that allows Dr. Goldberg’s patients to experience improved vision at multiple distances following cataract surgery. In fact, many patients who receive the ReSTOR lens are able to greatly reduce their dependence on corrective eyewear.

Am I a Candidate for Cataract Surgery?

A consultation with Dr. Goldberg can determine if you are a candidate for cataract surgery. He will use a device called a slit lamp to look at your natural lens, make a diagnosis of the cataract and determine the density of the cataract. He may also conduct tests to determine how much the cataract is affecting your vision. Once these tests are completed, and based on how the cataract is affecting your everyday routine, Dr. Goldberg can make a recommendation for surgery at our Toronto clinic.

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